PARKERSBURG - Herbert Hoover (5-1) had to stave off a determined second-half rally by host Parkersburg Catholic Friday night to top the Crusaderettes 63-59 in the championship game of the 18th annual Mary "O" Crusaderette Classic.
Catholic, now 2-7, was down 38-16 at halftime after a six-point second quarter, and was still down by 22 (44-22) at the five-minute mark of the third period before the Crusaderettes came to life.
An 18-8 runup to the end of the third quarter, spearheaded by Alex Schaffer with seven points, closed the gap to 12 (52-40) heading into the final quarter.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg Catholic's Meredith Koerber, center, is surrounded by Herbert Hoover's McKenzie Edmonds, Bailey Aab and Hannah King. Herbert Hoover won the annual Mary “O” Crusaderette Classic, 63-59. Additional photos of this event can be found at CU.newsandsentinel.com
And the margin quickly became eight (52-44) just 1:50 into the fourth quarter. But the big spurt was yet to come for Catholic.
After dropping back by 13 (57-44) with just 4:41 to play, Reily Sturm led a 12-6 run with eight points. including treys at 2:20 and 1:11, the latter pulling PC within only seven (63-56).
A 3-ball by Ellen Roedersheimer with 29 seconds left made it even tighter at 63-59, but that was the final score as neither team was able to score again
For Catholic, Schaffer finished with 17 points, while Sturm, who made four treys, tallied 14, Erin Saunders netted 11 and Abby Witucky added 10. Schaffer and Sturm both were all-tournament selections.
Herbert Hoover's Hannah King, who scored 24 points Thursday in the Huskies' semifinal win over Wirt County, collected 29 versus PC Friday and earned MVP honors for the tournament. Teammate Bethany Romine, who gunned in seven treys Thursday, tacked on four more for 12 points Friday and also was an all-tourney pick, as was Bailey Aab.
In the consolation game Friday, Buffalo (5-2) bested Wirt, 72-51, behind 20-point efforts by Chelsey Parkins and Paige Roush.
Miriam Smith led Wirt, now 2-6, with 16 points.
Parkins and Wirt's Megan Burns were named to the all-tournament team.